Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday consoled Meghan McCain over her father’s battle with cancer during an emotional discussion on ABC’s “The View.”
Meghan McCain began crying while talking about Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) struggles with the illness this year.
Joe Biden was promoting his new memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” when the conversation turned to his son Beau Biden’s death from the same variety of cancer in 2015.
“I couldn’t get through your book, I tried,” Meghan McCain said, choking up as the subject emerged. “I think about Beau almost every day, and I was told that this doesn’t get easier.”
Joe Biden then moved from his spot on the set to sit beside Meghan McCain, recounting how his son deeply admired her father.
“One of the things that gave Beau courage … was John,” he told her. “Your dad took care of my Beau … became friends with Beau.”
“Beau talked about your dad’s courage,” Joe Biden recalled. “Not about illness, but about his courage.”
Joe Biden that encouraged Meghan McCain to stay strong, noting that medical research is making progress on defeating cancer in all its forms.
“There’s a lot of hope there,” he said. “You have to have hope. You have to maintain hope. And if anybody can make it, [it’s] your dad.”
John McCain, 81, revealed in July that he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Beau Biden, 46, died in 2015 after fighting the same illness, and Joe Biden has since repeatedly credited his loss as a key factor for not seeking the presidency in 2016.
CNN reported in July that glioblastoma forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord, typically resulting in an average survival time of roughly 14 months with treatment.